AUSTIN, Texas — Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, if you're driving through Downtown Austin, it's hard to miss all the development still going on.
It's no secret that tech companies love the Capital City, but the retail giant Amazon has recently developed outside of the city limits, with announcements of some sort of new Amazon development seemingly every few weeks.
Specifically, four Central Texas areas will soon see a boost in jobs because of the company's recent developments.
“I think we’re seeing continued demand from our customers and we’re just building capacity to support that demand," said Eli Pabon, a regional director for Amazon logistics in Texas.
Here's a breakdown of Amazon's current planned projects in Central Texas:
Amazon announced in July that it would be opening a massive distribution center – more than 820,000 square feet – in 2021. The center will create around 1,000 new jobs with a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
More than 200 people could soon find work at a new Amazon sorting center in Kyle. In July it was announced that Amazon was leasing a more than 300,000-square-foot facility in the Kyle Crossing Business Park.
Buda and Round Rock
Overall, Pabon said it's the workforce and growing communities that are causing Amazon to find different spots to meet demand.
“What’s even more important about that is that the thousands of additional jobs, full and part-time, that we’re going to be creating in those local communities. [It] is something that we’re super excited about," Pabon said. “Some of them, I think, are customer demand. I think a dedicated workforce, great local support and I think what’s great about Texas and the Central Texas region, in particular, is we’ve kind of found each of those here. And these are great communities, they’re fast-growing communities and we’re super excited to be growing along with them.”
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